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Student Writing Competitions

Write to Win!

Writing competitions are a great way to strengthen your research and writing skills...and perhaps even win a cash prize! If you have any questions about the contests below, please contact Katie Rolfes at


College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law Annual Law Student Writing Competition for 2014-2015 - Submission deadline is May 15, 2015.

The International Association of Defense Counsel's 2015 Legal Writing Contest - Submission deadline is May 15, 2015.

First Annual Public-Interest Essay Competition sponsored by University of Pennsylvania Law Review. Submission deadline is June 22, 2015.

2015 ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law/Roy C. Palmer Civil Liberties Prize.  Submission deadline is July 1, 2015.

Warren E. Burger Prize Writing Competition sponsored by the American Inns of Court -  Submission postmarked no later than July 1, 2015.

2015 Tannenwald Writing Competition - Submission deadline is July 1, 2015.

2015 James E. Beckley Securities Arbitration and Law Competition -  Submission deadline is September 18, 2015.

Fifth Annual International Humanitarian Law Student Writing Competition - Submission deadline is October 7, 2015.

The Expert Institute's Legal Blog Writing Competition - Submission deadline is December 31, 2015.

The ABA Student Law Division also maintains a list of writing and essay contests on its website.

Happy writing!